Thorney Close Primary School

Thorney Close Primary School

“Where Learning Blossoms”




 Sycamore - year 1

Welcome to the class page for Year 1 Sycamore.  

This class page will be updated throughout the school year with pictures, news, curriculum information and external links to useful documents and activities.  

We hope it gives you an insight into life in our class! 




Hartlepool Marina - Mrs Verity Sycamore - 6th July 2018

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Created: 13 Jul 18 15:01 | Last modified: 13 Jul 18 15:06

Victorians - Sycamore Mrs Verity - June 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed looking at how different school was in Victorian times. We enjoyed looking at different artefacts and compared them to what we have today. We enjoyed dressing up and wrote on slate boards. Some of us even got the cane or had to wear the dunce’s hat! We also took part in a drill session. We decided that school today is a lot more fun!

Created: 25 Jun 18 17:40 | Last modified: 25 Jun 18 17:44

Victorians - Sycamore Mrs Verity - June 2018

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This week Sycamore class have travelled back in time! We have enjoyed finding out about life in Victorian times. We enjoyed looking at different Victorian artefacts found in kitchens. We have also role played wash day in the past using a dolly tub, washboard and poss stick. It was such hard work!

Created: 6 Jun 18 17:10 | Last modified: 6 Jun 18 17:12

Parable of The Lost Sheep - Sycamore Mrs Verity - May 2018

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Today we enjoyed listening to the parable ‘The Lost Sheep’. We made a sheep mask and used role play to retell the story. We talked about the special meaning of the story. Jesus was telling people how God never gives up on people who become lost by making the wrong choices. He always forgives people and celebrates when they return to him.

Created: 17 May 18 15:18 | Last modified: 17 May 18 15:37

Art - Sycamore Mrs Verity - May 2018

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In art we have enjoyed looking at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. He uses natural materials to create collages. We enjoyed collecting our own natural materials to make plant collages.

Created: 17 May 18 15:12 | Last modified: 17 May 18 15:16

Tooth Fairy - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 4th May 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed reading a story about Zoe the Tooth Fairy. She had a lot of problems the night she went to collect a tooth. We enjoyed planning our own story about a Tooth Fairy called Pip who had lots of problems too! We used talk for writing and role play to retell our story.

Created: 4 May 18 15:09 | Last modified: 4 May 18 15:25

Plants, and Flowers - Sycamore Mrs Verity - April 2018

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Sycamore class have been finding out about the different parts of a plant. We enjoyed collecting natural materials in our sensory garden and were able to identify the different parts of a plant – flower, leaves, stem and roots. We enjoyed making flower fairies. We have enjoyed looking at flowering plants. We identified the different parts of the plant and we were able to explain the function of each part. We used great adjectives to describe the different parts of the plant. Freddie said “The roots feel like spider webs.” Mia said “The flower feels soft and silky.” Dylan described the leaves as “smooth and soft.”

Created: 2 May 18 17:53 | Last modified: 2 May 18 18:01

RNLI - Sycamore Mrs Verity - April 18

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Sycamore class have enjoyed a visit from an RNLI volunteer this week. We found out how to keep safe when visiting the seaside. We looked at the different flags used at the beach to warn you of dangers. We also enjoyed dressing up in the special kit the RNLI crew wear during sea rescues. We compared sea rescues today with Grace Darling’s sea rescue in the past.

Created: 2 May 18 17:43 | Last modified: 2 May 18 17:52

Parable of the Good Samaritan - Sycamore Mrs Verity - April 18

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Today we found out how Jesus used to tell special stories called parables to his followers. A parable is a story with a hidden message. We enjoyed listening to the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus was teaching us to love our neighbour. We must treat everyone with kindness and treat other people the way we want to be treated.

Created: 2 May 18 17:40 | Last modified: 2 May 18 17:41

Souter Lighthouse Visit - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 18th April 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed a visit to Souter Lighthouse. We climbed the spiral stair case. There were 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse! We found out about the history of the lighthouse and had a tour around the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage. We also enjoyed making our own lighthouse model with a real light bulb! We made a simple circuit and switch to make the bulb light up.

Created: 19 Apr 18 10:07 | Last modified: 19 Apr 18 10:19

Easter - Sycamore Mrs Verity - March 2018

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In R.E. we made palm leaves and re-told the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey. We talked about how Jesus’ followers welcomed him and were pleased to see him. We waved our palm leaves at Jesus and laid down our jumpers to welcome him! We shouted “Hosanna here comes the king.” Sycamore class have been listening to the story of The Last Supper and used role play to retell what happened. We discussed the important symbols – the bread and the wine and discussed how bread and wine are given in church to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection. We all tasted the bread and had blackcurrant juice for the wine!

Created: 16 Apr 18 14:50 | Last modified: 16 Apr 18 14:51

Waterproofs - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 23rd March 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed being scientists! We wanted to help Mrs Grinling find the best material to keep Mr Grinling’s lunch dry. She had covered his lunch with a paper napkin and sent it down the wire. It started to rain and Mr Grinling’s lunch was ruined! We tested different materials to see which were waterproof. We poured water on top of the material. If the water stayed on the top it was waterproof. If it came through the material it was not waterproof. We enjoyed making a new napkin for Mrs Grinling.

Created: 23 Mar 18 14:09 | Last modified: 23 Mar 18 14:10

Lighthouse Keeper - Sycamore Mrs Verity - March 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed reading the story The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch. We enjoyed using talk for writing and role play to retell the story. We had great fun. Using actions to retell the story really helped us to write a fantastic recount of Mrs Grinling’s week.

Created: 19 Mar 18 17:29 | Last modified: 19 Mar 18 17:32

Gingerbread Men - Sycamore Mrs Verity - March 2018

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Yesterday, we enjoyed decorating our own gingerbread men however when we came into the classroom today we were shocked to discover they had disappeared! We found gingerbread crumbs on the floor and footprints! Mrs Jenner then came to tell us that she had seen something strange on the cameras – the gingerbread men running away! We discussed what had happened and thought perhaps the fox had taken them and they were running away! We decided to write a letter to the fox begging him to return them!We also made wanted posters so everyone in school could help to find them. We placed the posters around school. We were delighted when Jackie our cook came into our class to tell us that she had found our gingerbread men hiding in her kitchen! We think they must have been hiding from the fox!

Created: 19 Mar 18 17:19 | Last modified: 19 Mar 18 17:22

Kenya - Sycamore Mrs Verity- March 2018

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We have enjoyed finding out about life in Kenya. We looked at the different clothes and jewellery. We enjoyed making Kenyan necklaces. We also made African masks and African sunsets.

Created: 19 Mar 18 17:17 | Last modified: 19 Mar 18 17:17

Science - Sycamore Mrs Verity - March 2018

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Sycamore class have worked together to sort different objects. We were able to discuss the materials they are made from and sort them into groups. We identified whether the objects were wood, plastic, paper, metal, cardboard, fabric, glass or stone.

Created: 19 Mar 18 17:15 | Last modified: 19 Mar 18 17:15

Measuring Maths - Sycamore Mrs Verity- March 18

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We enjoyed measuring how far we could jump. We measured using lily pads that were each 10cm. We were able to calculate how many cm we could all jump by counting in tens.

Created: 19 Mar 18 17:06 | Last modified: 19 Mar 18 17:09

Animal Groups - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 23rd February 2018

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This week Sycamore class have been looking at animal groups and food chains in science. We have been fantastic scientists sorting animals into different groups and explaining why using vocabulary like – warm blooded and vertebrate. We have also sorted animals into groups by what they eat we can identify if animals are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.

Created: 23 Feb 18 15:01 | Last modified: 23 Feb 18 15:05

Wild Rumpus - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 2nd February 2018

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Created: 6 Feb 18 13:34 | Last modified: 6 Feb 18 13:38

Where we live - Sycamore Mrs Verity - January 2018

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Sycamore class have enjoyed finding out where we live. We labelled The United Kingdom on a World map and then labelled England and Sunderland on a map of the United Kingdom. We talked about our school’s local area – Thorney Close and went on a walk Around Thorney Close. We took Barnaby Bear as he has never visited Sunderland before. We took him to the park, for sweets and even had chips and pizza!

Created: 2 Feb 18 12:48 | Last modified: 2 Feb 18 12:51

Iris Scott Art - Sycamore Year 1 - 10th January 2018

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Today we looked at the work of talented artist Iris Scott. She is famous for producing beautiful paintings using only her fingers. We watched videos of her completing different paintings and looked at photographs of her work. We then produced our own Town and Countryside scenes using our fingers to create the backgrounds.

Created: 11 Jan 18 08:28 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:30

Christmas Fun - Sycamore - December 2017

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Sycamore class have had great fun this week getting ready for Christmas. We have enjoyed making items to sell for our Christmas market and had lots of fun having an indoor snowball fight! We also enjoyed dressing up and retelling the Christmas story.

Created: 11 Jan 18 08:04 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:06

Beamish Visit - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 15th December 2017

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Created: 11 Jan 18 07:56 | Last modified: 11 Jan 18 08:02

Old and New - Sycamore - December 2017

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This week we have enjoyed looking at old and new objects. We were detectives looking closely at different objects and predicting what they were used for in the past. We worked in our teams to write down our thoughts. Mrs Verity then explained how these things are no longer used today as we have different things today. We then matched photographs of the things we use today and tried to match them up. We made a video talking about our ideas. We thought the cassette tape could be glasses and the camera film was a measuring tape or slinky!

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:37 | Last modified: 18 Dec 17 09:44

Christmas Gifts - Sycamore Mrs Verity - 14th December 2017

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This week we have been looking at why gifts are given at Christmas. We talked about how God gave Christians the most special gift of all, his Son Jesus to make the world a better place. We talked about invisible presents that can be given at Christmas to make people happy. We all wrote our Christmas promise on a present outline and placed it inside a Christmas box. We are all going to be kind, caring, helpful and friendly to make our classroom a happy place to be at this special time of year.

Created: 18 Dec 17 09:22 | Last modified: 18 Dec 17 09:26

Elf - Sycamore - 1st December 2017

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Sycamore class were so excited today as we received a special delivery all the way from The North Pole! Santa Claus has sent us our very own elf! His name is Christopher Pop-in-kins. Santa has heard how hard we are all working and has sent Christopher Pop-in-kins to check! Every night he will go through his North Pole door and report back to Santa! We are hoping he is going to be a well-behaved elf as we have heard tales of mischievous elves!

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:35 | Last modified: 7 Dec 17 08:36

Snow - Sycamore - 30th November 2017

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Year 1 Sycamore have had a great time playing in the snow and getting ready for Advent by decorating our classroom.

Created: 7 Dec 17 08:29 | Last modified: 7 Dec 17 08:32

Toys of the Past - Sycamore - 23rd November 2017

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This week Year 1 have enjoyed finding out about Toys from the past. We have compared the similarities and differences with our toys today. We made information sheets for younger children to tell them all about how toys have changed. We enjoyed sharing our fact sheets with the Reception children.

Created: 24 Nov 17 13:21 | Last modified: 24 Nov 17 13:23

Remembrance - Sycamore - November 17

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Year 1 Sycamore have been finding out about why we wear poppies. We then looked at different paintings showing the poppies growing in the battlefields. We used watercolours to paint our own pictures.

Created: 23 Nov 17 13:29 | Last modified: 23 Nov 17 13:30

Winnie the Witch - Sycamore - 31st October 2017

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This week Year 1 Sycamore have enjoyed reading Winnie the Witch. We have created our own spells in ICT and in English lessons we have retold the story using fantastic adjectives. In the story Winnie becomes fed up of tripping over Wilbur as he is the same colour as her house. She puts a spell on Wilbur and turns him into a colourful cat. In art we mixed paints to make different colours to make our own colourful Wilbur. We also had some Halloween fun by playing traditional Halloween games together!

Created: 3 Nov 17 14:20 | Last modified: 3 Nov 17 14:24

SUMO - Sycamore - 20.10.17

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Today we looked at how Woody was jealous of Buzz’s friendship with Andy. We talked about how he chose to put the ‘I’m sad and feeling sorry for myself’ t-shirt on. We talked about how his feelings made him act in a negative way. We discussed how Woody could have chosen to put on his ‘happy, I am friendly and kind’ t-shirt. This would have made Woody act in a different way. We talked about how Woody should have changed his t-shirt!

Created: 3 Nov 17 14:17 | Last modified: 3 Nov 17 14:18

Friends of Ten - Sycamore-

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Today year 1 sycamore we had a friends of ten party to practise recalling our number bonds to 10.. We had great fun making 10. We played musical number bonds. We were all given a piece of numicon. When the music stopped we had to find our partner to make 10. We then had crowns and had to find our partners too. We enjoyed finding different ways of making ten using sweets and crisps. Our friend of ten party was great fun!

Created: 13 Oct 17 16:53 | Last modified: 13 Oct 17 16:57

Fruit Salad - Sycamore - 13th October 2017

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Year 1 Sycamore have enjoyed reading Oliver’s fruit salad. We all worked together to make our own delicious fruit salad. We followed the instructions and worked together. We washed and peeled the different fruits then chopped them. We added fruit juice and cream. It was delicious!

Created: 13 Oct 17 16:40 | Last modified: 13 Oct 17 16:41

Sense of Taste - Sycamore - 9th October 2017

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This week in science year 1 sycamore have enjoyed exploring their sense of taste. We looked at our taste buds and fund out how our tongues help us to taste different flavours. We tasted lemon (sour), dark chocolate (bitter), crisps (salty) and jam (sweet). We then played a guessing game. We tasted different flavour crisps and matched them to the correct crisp packet. We were very good at guessing the different flavours using our sense of taste!

Created: 9 Oct 17 17:25 | Last modified: 9 Oct 17 17:32

Outdoor Maths - Sycamore - 5th October 17

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Year 1 sycamore enjoyed their maths lesson outdoors today. We worked in teams to throw two bean bags into hoops labelled with 2, 3,4 and 5 points. We worked together to add together the score by counting on from the biggest number. We worked out who had scored the most/least points. We then solved a problem. Mrs Verity wanted to know what the highest and lowest possible scores could be. We worked out that if both bean bags landed in 2 that would give the lowest score of 4 and if both landed in 5 the highest score would be 10.

Created: 9 Oct 17 17:11 | Last modified: 9 Oct 17 17:29

Fruits - Sycamore - 29.9.17

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Sycamore class have enjoyed looking at different fruits. We used our senses to describe the different fruits and chose our favourite. We carried out a class survey and found out that strawberries are the most popular and orange is the least popular.

Created: 2 Oct 17 15:31 | Last modified: 2 Oct 17 15:32

Owl Babies - Sycamore - 29.9.17

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Sycamore class have enjoyed reading the story owl Babies. We looked at the dialogue between the characters and enjoyed role playing the story. We used language from the story and wrote our own speech bubbles for the characters.

Created: 2 Oct 17 15:23 | Last modified: 2 Oct 17 15:25

Symbols of Christianity - Sycamore - 22nd September 2017

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We have been looking at symbols of Christianity. We looked at images of stained glass windows in Christian churches and looked at how they can tell stories about the life of Jesus. We enjoyed making our own stained glass windows of different Christian symbols.

Created: 22 Sep 17 17:14 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 17:17

Missing Toy - Sycamore - 22nd September 2017

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This week we have been reading the story 'Dogger'. We made missing posters to help Dave find Dogger. We wrote great descriptions. On Friday we brought our own toy in from home. We made a missing poster describing our own toy using great adjectives. We then placed all our toys into the middle of the circle and read out our descriptions to see if our friends could find the correct toy!

Created: 22 Sep 17 13:32 | Last modified: 22 Sep 17 13:35

Friendship Soup - Sycamore - 14th September 2017

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As part of our Lucinda and Godfrey scheme we have been finding out about friendship and what makes a good friend. We made our very own friendship soup and then decorated pebbles. We then chose a friend to give our friendship pebble to. We all know what makes a good friend and have promised to all be good friends to each other.

Created: 14 Sep 17 17:36 | Last modified: 14 Sep 17 17:42

Doctor Bones - Sycamore - 12th September 2017

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Year 1 have been finding out about the human body. We found out how mazing our bodies are. We use our bodies for everything we do. We played a game of Doctor Bones. We worked together to draw around one of our friends and labelled the body correctly.

Created: 13 Sep 17 10:13 | Last modified: 13 Sep 17 10:15

Recipe for a happy classroom - Sycamore - 9.9.17

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This week the children have created a recipe for a happy classroom. We added lots of ingredients – sharing, kindness, caring, happiness, friendship, love, laughter and helpfulness. We then mixed the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and emptied it out into our classroom to create our happy class.

Created: 11 Sep 17 12:28 | Last modified: 11 Sep 17 12:30

Sycamore Class News

Check back here regularly to find out what's going on in our class.  Whole school news can be found by clicking on the below links.

School News   Diary Listing  Thorney Times   Notices

24th April  2018
Tooth Fairy
Sycamore class have had a special visit this week from the tooth fairy.  She was captured on camera flying around our classroom spreading her fairy dust! She left us a letter so we wrote  replies asking her questions to find out all about  tooth fairies and fairyland.  We can’t wait to see if she writes back


 16th April  2018
Grace Darling Homework
Grace has been working hard completing her creative homework. Her model showing Grace Darling’s famous sea rescue is fantastic. We are so proud of Grace and the effort she has put in at home to create a masterpiece! Well done Grace!

16th April  2018
Phonics Meeting
You may or may not be aware that the government have introduced a reading test for children in Year 1. This screening is to assess your child’s understanding of phonics (sounds). All children in Year 1 will be tested as well as the children in Year 2 who did not pass the screening last year.

What is phonics?
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught to:
 * Recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes
 * Identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make such as sh or ay
 * Blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.

The phonics screening check is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonic knowledge. It helps the school confirm whether your child has made the expected progress. The check will take place during the week commencing Monday 11th June 2018 – please try and avoid any absences in this week.

The phonics screening check will consist of 40 words – some of the words they may have read before and some will be completely new to them. The words will also include ‘non-words’ these are nonsense words where your child will have to use their phonic knowledge to sound these out.

As the phonics check is approaching we would like to invite you to an informal meeting where further information about the check will be discussed and examples of the types of words will be given.  The meeting will be held on: Monday 30th April 2018 at 2:45pm.

20th March 2018
Grace Darling
Sycamore class have been finding out about Grace Darling and how she became famous.  We enjoyed using role play to retell what happened the night Grace became recognised for her bravery.  We added our own sound effects by making the sounds of the wind and the waves crashing to show what a wild, stormy night it was!

5th March 2018
Gingerbread Men
Sycamore class have been reading The Gingerbread Man story.  They enjoyed decorating their own gingerbread men but were shocked to discover they had disappeared! Mrs Jenner was also shocked to discover the cameras had recorded the gingerbread men running out of the classroom!  The children discussed what could have happened and decided perhaps the sly fox had taken them or frightened them away!  They wrote fantastic letters to the fox asking him to return their gingerbread men and also made wanted posters.  We hope they come back soon!

2nd February 2018
End of Day Collection Arrangements
We have noticed that at the end of the school day the bottom playground is busy and gets quite congested around the exit gates.  Therefore, with immediate effect, we will be changing the end of the day collection arrangements to alleviate some of this congestion and to ensure all children are collected safely.

As of Monday 26th February 2018, Sycamore Class (Year 1 Mrs Verity) will be dismissed from the Nursery exit at 3:15pm. Children will stay in the Nursery cloakroom and will be individually handed over to each parent/carer.

2nd February 2018
Wild Rumpus
Sycamore class have enjoyed reading the story Where the Wild Things are. We enjoyed having a Wild Rumpus like the characters in the story. We had great fun pretending to swing through the vines and stomp through the jungle. We enjoyed playing different team games.

Follow Max
– Max was the leader and we copied his movements. When he shouted Be Still we had to freeze!

Wild Things stuck in the mud
– Four Wild things had to catch the other Wild Things. When we were caught we had to stand with our arms out. Our Wild Things friends had to run under our arms and roar to release us from the mud!

Wild Hoops -
we stomped through the jungle when the music stopped we had to find a hoop with another Wild Thing. The hoops were removed to find the winner – King of the Wild Things!

We had great fun making tasty Wild Thing faces for our Wild Rumpus snack. We used different foods to create a Wild Things face before eating it up!

3rd November 2017
We enjoy singing songs to help us to remember our number bonds to 10. Follow these links at home to practise.



22nd September 2017
Well done to Michelle and Alfie who have completed their half term fruit homework. Michelle made fantastic fruit kebabs and Alfie made a tasty fruit smoothie! Well done!

9th September 2017
We have had a fantastic first week in Year1 Sycamore. We have enjoyed working in teams and thinking of our team names. We have won a lot of points this week in our teams for working so hard. In English we have enjoyed reading the story Alone in the Woods. We have used super adjectives to describe the setting and Teddy’s feelings when he became lost.

In Maths we have enjoyed counting on and back. We had a lot of fun keeping fit counting to 100!  If you want to try this counting song at home then please click here.

Sycamore Class Letters

 Below you will find letters that have been distributed to our class. All downloadable material will be offered in PDF format for easy reading and printing. However, if you do not have access to a printer and require an additional letter then please do not hesitate to request a copy at the main school office. Whole school letters can be found by clicking on the below links.

Thorney Times Whole School Letters Educational Visit Letters

Summer Term Homework

Year 1 Phonics Meeting

End of School Day Collection Arrangements Letter

Beamish visit letter

Autumn Term 2 Homework

Fruit Salad Letter

Autumn Term 1 Homework 

Soft Toy Letter - 22.9.17


Click on the curriculum icon below to view the curriculum topics for the current school year. 


Year 1 and Year 2 Spelling List

Year 1 Writing Checklist


At Thorney Close Primary School, we value the support of parents in enabling their children to become fluent readers, who read for pleasure and enjoyment. Please click on the guidelines below for an overview on how you can support your child at home to ensure they make the maximum progress.

Reception and Key Stage 1 Reading Guidelines

Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check for Year 1 children will take place week commencing Monday 11th June 2018.

In June every child in Year 1 is assessed for their phonetic knowledge. The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (nonsense words, pseudo words or alien words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words are presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!)


Thorney Close Primary School Calculation Policy

Useful Links and Documents

Below you will find links to useful documents, resources, online games and activities.



Oxford Phonics Check Support Maths for Year 1 English for Year 1

Letter-join  Letter-join is an on-line resource for teaching cursive handwriting at school and at home. It uses interactive animations to demonstrate joined-up letter formation and hundreds of worksheets for real handwriting practice.